iOS 7 is a complete overhaul of Apple’s mobile operating system. Everything has been redesigned with more vivid colors and flatter icons and text that extend across the entire OS. So what does that mean for us gamers? For the most part, it means the Game Center App is vastly different than what it once was.
Apple has done away with the pool table color scheme that was present in previous versions of iOS. That’s a good thing because it never fit in with the rest of the software as a whole. In its place is an all white background with four colored circles in the foreground. The circles are shortcuts to accessing your games, friends list, friend requests, challenges and active turns you have in a game. The horizontal bar on the bottom of the app serve the same purpose. The reason why these same options are presented twice is so that you can access them no matter where you are in the app.
Clicking on an individual game will bring you to a screen where you can access the leaderboards, achievements and a list of friends that are playing/have played the game. Again, this is all presented on a pure white background with no other distractions. It’s simple and clean just like the majority of Apple’s hardware.
Besides the new look, there isn’t much in the way of new functionality besides AirDrop. AirDrop is a feature that lets you share things such as photos and videos locally over a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth. When it comes to games, using AirDrop will send a link to the game’s App Store page to people around you.
Behind the scenes lies better support for controllers that can be paired to iOS devices via Bluetooth. This is arguably the most important addition to iOS 7 since it will help to address the biggest problem with touchscreen gaming. Controllers that support iOS 7 aren’t available yet, but it already has the support of well known manufacturers such as Logitech.
The new Game Center won’t make you want to use it anymore than what you’re doing now. If you’ve used it a lot in the past, you’ll find it to be easier on the eyes and more convenient to navigate. The rest of us will find the under-the-hood improvements of iOS 7 to be more noteworthy.